Favourite Readings

Over time, I have heard many memorable readings, classical love, holy love, inspirational love, you and me, love, laughter and love, pros love, wishes for love, friendship… couples may choose to make their more ceremony unique by choosing a reading. Sometimes, friends or family members, or even the couple themselves, write something especially for the wedding day, which adds a special emotional dimension. The task to choose 1 or 2 readings or poems for a ceremony is not easy, and as I have listened to hundreds of readings and poems over the years, I would like to record my monthly favourite… I hope this helps in you quest for the perfect wedding reading

I Like You

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 in Favourite Readings

After 17 years as being a marriage celebrant I have learned that it is not only important to love the person you are marrying, they have to be your best friend and someone you like! I know, it seems obvious… anyway, here is my favourite reading that I read on top of the mountains above Queenstown,in the snow, one glorious winters day last month. I Like You – Sandol Stoddard Warburg “I like you and I know why. I like you because you are a good person to like. I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special And you remember it a long, long time. You say, ‘Remember when you told me something special?’ And both of us remember When I think something is important you think it’s important too We have good ideas When I say something funny, you laugh I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too …And I like you because when I am feeling sad You don’t always cheer me up right away Sometimes it is better to be sad… I like you because if I am mad at you Then you are mad at me too It’s awful when the other person isn’t… I like you...

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Even the title of this reading appeals to me “The Game” by BJ Falken

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Favourite Readings

The following reading was recited on Friday in the snow on the pontoon at Jacks Point, at Kysee and Craig’s wedding ceremony and although it wasn’t the first time I heard it, for some reason, the words hit home to me. This is a photo of the stunning view at Jacks Point, though it is not from Friday’s gorgeous wedding. “The Game” by BJ Falken. It appeared to outsiders that they were at odds. He would test her patience and try to charm his way out of it. She would try to impose her will through loosely crafted arguments based on creative feminine logic. He would put on magnificent displays of rhetoric and manipulation, because he liked it when she caught him trying to get away with something. She liked it too. Over time though, it became obvious that this was not a fight, or a contest. It was a game. Two sides, back and forth. Advance and defend. A game that was almost as much fun to watch, as it was to play. In this game, however, keeping score was never necessary. The minute one round was over, they’d start again, barely paying attention who had been victorious only seconds earlier. Even if they had kept score, it...

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The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

Posted on May 18, 2014 in Favourite Readings

It has been quite some time since I have heard the following read in a ceremony, however it is still one of my favourites, as I like they way it encourages independence in a very honest way. The beliefs and thoughts about love and marriage which motivate these two people are perhaps best expressed in some words of the prophet Kahlil Gibran. “ You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heaven dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from the same cup. Give one another bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each others keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain...

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THE most popular reading for this season

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Favourite Readings

My favourite this month, so far, was a proposal from a wonderful man to his then beautiful girlfriend. The proposal was full of beautiful words, dreams and hopes – I felt very privileged to be able to share it with the couples closest family and friends, there wasn’t a dry eye among them when it was finished. However, I am not going to share it with you, some things need to stay private – instead I am going to share the most popular reading for this season, I hope you like it too: THE ONE When the one whose hand you’re holding Is the one who holds your heart, When the one whose eyes you gaze into Gives your hopes and dreams their start, When the one you think of first and last Is the one who holds you tight, And the things you plan together Make the whole world seem just right, When the one whom you believe in Puts their faith and trust in you, You’ve found the one and only love You’ll share your whole life...

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Who would have thought you could compare falling in love to owning a dog?

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 in Favourite Readings

The first time I heard this reading two vets were marrying and something like 4 of their 6 dogs were present at their outdoor ceremony. Given that I have 2 gorgeous golden Labradors I found that I could relate to it in more ways than one! I think this reading would come under the ‘laughter and love’ heading! Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog First of all, it’s a big responsibility, So think long and hard before deciding on love. On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security: when you’re walking down the street late at night and you have a leash on love ain’t noone going to mess with you. Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable. Who knows what love could do in its own defence? On cold winter nights, love is warm. It lies between you and lives and breathes and makes funny noises. Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs. It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy. Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you. It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life, but...

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